New Orleans and the Songs of the South – November 2019

New Orleans is a multicultural, dynamic city with a special Creole energy that flows through its streets, clubs and restaurants. The city was first settled by the French in 1718 and highly influenced by the Spanish who also occupied it for several years. Today “The French Quarter” with its distinctive architecture and multicoloured buildings is an icon of the south. Bourbon Street and the city’s Mardi Gras are visited by millions of enthusiastic tourists every year. Whether you are walking along its enchanted streets, strolling “The Riverwalk” on the Mississippi River, or riding the St. Charles streetcar through the Garden District, the city’s charm is inescapable.

Many people come to the “Big Easy” for its food – a colourful and tasty mix of Cajun and Creole traditions that can be easily found in many of the city’s fine restaurants and inexpensive sidewalk cafes. Many more come for its Jazz. It is of course the birthplace of Jazz heard throughout the French Quarter and Bourbon Street both day and night. The history and friendly charm of its people add to the universal appeal of this great city.

Travac’s tour to New Orleans includes much more than just New Orleans. You’ll stay at the Drury Inn & Suites Hotel in the heart of the Arts District, convenient to the French Quarter. You will visit one of the stately plantation homes that drove the economy of this state in the 19th century. After lunch you’ll visit Bayou Country and enjoy a pontoon swamp tour. Travac’s adventure to New Orleans is exceptionally well priced and will sell out fast. Join us as we explore the colour and charm of this vibrant city.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Today you meet your Travac Tour Director at the Ottawa International Airport for your flights to New Orleans. Upon your arrival in New Orleans you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free.

Day 2

Depart hotel for your included bus tour of New Orleans which will take you from Canal Street to the French Quarter. You will also visit “Riverwalk” and the Garden District, Jackson Square, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed and “Faubourg Treme,” the oldest black neighbourhood in America. You’ll also see where Jean Lafitte, the pirate, lived and carried out many of his illicit activities. You may want to consider a stroll along Riverwalk to visit and shop in its many unique shops and sidewalk cafes. The balance of your day will be free.

Day 3

Explore and shop the streets of New Orleans on your own today.  Your hotel concierge will be happy to offer suggestions or make dinner reservations for you.

Day 4

This morning we will leave New Orleans for a drive to Bayou country.  Many Acadians made their way to Louisiana and settled into the various Bayous throughout the state.  Here they lived freely practicing their own customs and beliefs.  We will visit one of the stately Plantations that drove the economy of this state in the 19th century. After lunch you’ll enjoy your swamp tour of these beautiful wetlands.

Day 5

Today is a free day to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this great city!  Music is never far from the streets of New Orleans.  You may wish to explore some of the musical heritage of the “Big Easy” today.  You can also relax in one of its many sidewalk cafes or restaurants and enjoy some of its Creole cuisine.  New Orleans also offers excellent shopping.  If gaming excites you, Harrah’s operates one of the largest casinos in the south right in the heart of New Orleans.

Day 6

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flights back to Ottawa.

 

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tipping is included for the bus driver and luggage handling at the hotel. Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Travac Tour Director $5 per person per day, and $3 per person for each guided tour. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated.

 

Duty Free

Allowance for duty free coming back into Canada is $800 CAD per person. This allowance includes your duty-free purchases. Persons must be 19 years or older to purchase alcohol.

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Hotel Information


Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans

Hotel Website
Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
820 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA
70112
504-529-7800



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Halifax – Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

Travac Tours would like to invite you to join us as we travel to Halifax for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a show inspired by Military Tattoos given by military bands and display teams.

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is unique among other Tattoos in the world in that it is more theatrical in nature with a mixture of both military and civilian performers.

It takes place in the Halifax Metro Centre’s hockey arena, a venue that, to some degree, resembles a traditional theatre in the round. The show is heavily costumed and intensively rehearsed with technical staff, choreographers, assistant directors, wardrobe staff and designers as part of the production team, which also sets it apart from traditional Tattoos.

This spectacle is one of the highlights of a Nova Scotia summer.

Travac’s visit to the Tattoo includes round trip airfare from Ottawa to Halifax, 4 nights’ accommodation at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, a tour of Halifax including visits to Lunenburg, Chester and Peggy’s Cove, Reserved seating at the Royal International Tattoo, free time in Halifax and the services of a Travac Tours Director.

Space is limed to 15 couples.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

This morning you will depart for Halifax.  Upon your arrival in Halifax you will be transferred to your hotel. The balance of your day will be free to explore Halifax on your own.  From your hotel it is an easy walk to some of the fine restaurants and shops that are in the area.

Day 2

Today is your day to enjoy The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Over the years, the show has been seen by well over 2,000,000 spectators and has hosted tens of thousands of performers from 21 countries. In terms of annual economic impact, it generates tens of millions for the province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality. Indeed, it will be a most enjoyable day.

Day 3

Your day will begin with a professionally guided tour of Halifax.  Attractions in Halifax are plentiful! From iconic lighthouses to urban gardens, stunning galleries and museums and a waterfront science centre.

Continuing the tour, you’ll move on to Chester, Lunenburg and finally Peggy’s Cove.  The village of Chester, situated on a peninsula halfway along the coast of Mahone Bay, is one of the most picturesque communities anywhere in the Maritimes. 

Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its narrow streets and unique architecture – is also the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. This graceful ship is a replica of the original fishing boat.

Your final stop, before heading back to Halifax, will be Peggy’s Cove. Famous for its lighthouse, Peggy’s Cove is one of the most iconic images in Eastern Canada.

Day 4

Your day is completely free to wander among the many sites that attract people to Halifax.  Your tour director will have plenty of ideas on how to spend your day.

Day 5

After a most enjoyable experience in Halifax, you’ll make your way back to Ottawa.  Your tour director will advise you on your departure time from the hotel.

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tipping is included for luggage handling. Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Travac Tour Director $5 per person per day, coach driver $3 per person per day and the local guides $3 for half-day tours. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated.

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Hotel Information


Halifax Marriott Harbourfront-or similar



Hotel Address
1919 Upper Water St
Halifax, NS
B3J 3J5
(902) 421-1700



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The Magic of the Maritimes

From the shores of the St. Lawrence to the natural beauty of the Cape Breton highlands on the Cabot Trail, Travac’s delightful journey into the Maritimes is rich in sights, sounds and culinary sensations.

Join us for a 12-day charming adventure where you will experience the very best that the Maritimes has to offer.

You’ll visit attractions that have beckoned holidaymakers from around the world such as Peggy’s Cove, the Anne of Green Gables home and Fort Louisbourg.

You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the ambiance of your surroundings with opportunities to enjoy some of the best restaurants on the east coast.

Attractively priced at only $3162.87 per person based on double occupancy. This holiday is sure to be popular, don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this adventure.

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

Your Maritime adventure begins this morning as we leave Ottawa and travel through Quebec to our overnight stop in Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Day 2

Leaving Edmundston, you will journey further into New Brunswick and Fredericton. Along the way we’ll make a detour to visit the Harland timber-truss covered bridge, the longest covered bridge in the world. Covered bridges date back to the end of the nineteenth century or the beginning of the twentieth century and were built to protect the bridge itself, from the weather.

We’ll also visit Kings Landing. Kings Landing is a representation of New Brunswick during the 19th and early 20th century. It is not a replica of an actual village, but a collection of salvaged or recreated buildings from around the Mactaquac Headpond and other locations around New Brunswick.

Overnight stop in Fredericton, New Brunswick. (B)

Day 3

Before leaving Fredericton, you’ll have a chance to visit the historic Garrison District or walk along the St. John River and enjoy its culinary delights.

This afternoon you will depart for Charlottetown. After checking into your hotel, the balance of your day will be free. Your next three nights will be in Charlottetown, PEI. (B)

Day 4

This morning, we will be met by our local guide for a tour of this enchanting island. We will start with a tour of Historic Charlottetown.

Next, we will be off to Anne’s Land. Your journey will take you to Cavendish, one of the prettiest towns on the island. The fictional redheaded Anne of Green Gables is everywhere in this area. When the novel Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908, most people could only dream of visiting its magical setting.

Your visit will take you to Green Gables Heritage Place. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site, is famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Montgomery’s classic tale of fiction.

We will visit the PEI Preserve Company, North Rustico, PEI National Park and a stop at a winery. (B)

Day 5

Today is a free day.  Your Travac Tours Director will offer some suggestions and how you might enjoy your free time. This evening you will be off to Fisherman’s Wharf for a traditional PEI lobster dinner. (B, D)

Day 6

This morning you’ll be heading back to Nova Scotia via ferry from PEI.  Your first stop will be in Baddeck. Baddeck is both the beginning and the end of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail.  In Baddeck we’ll visit the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, a museum and 25 acre park that is home to the world’s largest collection of Bell’s inventions and artifacts, including replicas of the first telephone and a full-scale model of the HD-4 hydrofoil watercraft.  

You’ll also have time to enjoy lunch before departing for Fort Louisbourg. This French fortress was originally settled in 1713 and developed into a major commercial port and strongly defended fortress.

Your next two nights will be in Sydney, Nova Scotia. (B)

Day 7

After breakfast you will enjoy driving along the Cabot Trail with a local guide. The Cabot Trail is unquestionably one of the most scenic drives on the planet. Rising from the sea and clinging to the mountains, the Cabot Trail is a winding staircase that will take you from majestic ocean vistas to quiet fishing villages. 

You’ll spend the day on the trail with plenty of stops along the way to soak in its un-paralleled beauty. (B)

Day 8

This morning you will make your way to Halifax.  Attractions in Halifax are plentiful! From iconic lighthouses to urban gardens, stunning galleries and museums, a waterfront science centre, and so much more.  Upon arrival you will have some free time. Your Travac Tours Director will have plenty of options to help acquaint yourself with this vibrant city. Your next two nights will be in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (B)

Day 9

Your day will begin with a professionally guided tour of Halifax.  A great way to end the tour will be a visit to Peggy’s Cove, one of the most iconic sites in the Maritimes.  After your visit you’ll return to Halifax for some free time to visit some of the prodigious attractions in the city. Tonight you have an included dinner (B, D)

Day 10

Leaving Halifax, you’ll make your way to Moncton, making stops in both Chester and Lunenburg along the way.  The village of Chester, situated on a peninsula halfway along the coast of Mahone Bay, is one of the most picturesque communities anywhere in the Maritimes.

Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its narrow streets and unique architecture – is also the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. The graceful ship is a replica of the original fishing boat that found fame as a racing schooner.

In Moncton you’ll have a chance to visit Magnetic Hill, an illusion that has attracted tourists for decades. Overnight stop in Moncton, New Brunswick. (B)

Day 11

This morning you’ll visit the Bay of Fundy with a local guide.  Few places on earth are as awe-inspiring as New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy. A visit to this special place will reward you with magnificent tides, breathtaking coastline and endless adventure. The Bay of Fundy tides are best explored at The Hopewell Rocks, where you can walk around the famous “flowerpot rocks” at low tide then watch them slowly disappear.

After our visit you’ll continue on to Riviere du Loup. Founded in the 17thcentury this quaint town on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River offers spectacular vistas of the river. Overnight stop in Riviere de Loup. (B, D)

Day 12

From Riviere du Loup we will continue along the south shore of the St. Lawrence and make our way back to Ottawa.  Expect to arrive in Ottawa in the late afternoon. (B)

Itinerary Subject to Change

Tipping is included for luggage handling at the hotel. Most bus tours often recommend that each person tip their Travac Tour Director $5 per person per day, coach driver $3 per person per day and local guide $3 for half-day tour. While we at Travac do not stress a tipping policy, any gratuities provided are greatly appreciated.

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Hotel Information


Best Western Plus, or similar


Hotel Rating

Hotel Address
280 Boul. Hébert Blvd.
Edmunston, NB
E3V 0A3
(506) 739-0000


Hilton Garden Inn, or similar



Hotel Address
620 Queen St.
Fredericton, NB
E3B 1C2
(506) 999-1551


Rodd Charlottetown, or similar



Hotel Address
75 Kent St
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7K4
1-800-565-7633


Cambridge Suites, or similar



Hotel Address
380 Esplanade
Sydney, NS
B1P 1B1
(902) 562-6500


Hotel Halifax (formerly Delta), or similar



Hotel Address
Scotia Square, 1990 Barrington St.
Halifax, NS
B3J 1P2
(902) 425-6700


Delta Hotel Beauséjour, or similar



Hotel Address
750 Main St.
Moncton, NB
E1C 1E6
(506) 854-4344


Auberge de la Pointe, or similar



Hotel Address
10 Cartier Blvd
Riviere-du-Loup, QC
G5R 3Y7
(418) 862-3514



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